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Tested: Play Again Now Recovery Drink

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As much as I never wanted to age past 25, it did give me some hope to see lots of pro cyclists reaching their peaks in their early to mid 30’s. Now that I have reached my early 30’s, though, I’ve realized that must have been due to pharmaceutical help their awesome support teams.

I have an aging body that’s often sore, greatly reduced recovery ability, and many more work and family responsibilities… but no dedicated support team. You’re probably in the same boat!

This life is much harder than being a dedicated athlete. I’ll admit, I need help! (No, not like TRT, EPO, or steroids – I mean legal, safe measures.)

One thing I’m very hopeful about is Play Again Now Recovery Drink.

It’s sort of a recovery drink (I only call it a recovery drink because it says “recovery” on the bottle), but I think of it more as a joint health drink. It’s for your joints and connective tissue what a protein shake is for your muscles!

This supplement is “clinically-proven to get users back in the game within 7 days!” (Yeah, that’s a lofty claim!)

What’s it made of? This daily sports nutrition formula is “comprised of liquid high-molecular-weight Hyaluronic acid (HA) and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) that can replenish the HA throughout the connective tissues of your body.”

You may have heard of these ingredients before. They aren’t secrets. Rather, they are vital for our bodies!

Here’s why…

Play Again Now: The Science

First, a warning: if you looked at their website, I wouldn’t blame you for thinking this is some “As Seen on TV” product. Something about the design gives it that infomercial feel!

Let’s give it a pass on that, because there’s true potential here!

play again now ingredients label

The Ingredients

Two main active ingredients, per 1 Tbsp serving:

Hyaluronan (hyaluronic acid) 75 mg
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) 750 mg

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally produced in the body to help lubricate our muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues. The problem is that as we age, our bodies stop producing as much HA naturally, so supplementation is required.

HA is extremely important, especially for athletes. For one thing, it suppresses inflammation, which can destroy your body over time; it also stimulates your immune system, so you can fight off infections that could lead to missed training, missed racing, and general misery.

While HA is present in every tissue of the body, it is primarily concentrated in the synovial fluid which bathes joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It’s found in cartilage as well.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally-occurring nutrient providing the body with essential sulfur and methyl groups used in healing and repair processes of connective tissues.

Why supplement with HA and MSM?

Our workouts strengthen our bones and muscles, but what about our joints? Our joints, well, they mostly just take a beating!

And there’s very little we can do about that, outside of surgery and medical procedures. One thing we can do is supplement!

Scientific Research Studies

Their flagship study, from the Journal of Medicinal Food, “Oral Intake of a Liquid High-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronan Associated with Relief of Chronic Pain and Reduced Use of Pain Medication: Results of a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Double-Blind Pilot Study”, can be seen online.

I’d say that being published in a peer-reviewed journal, and showing results, sets this apart from numerous other supplement companies!

They even did a follow-up study, one year in length, and found continued success!

Simply put: “By the end of the one-year study, a highly significant reduction in chronic pain was seen in the study participants.”

They have a proven track record.

The company seems to have gotten their start with competitive athletes and built up a loyal following already.

One thing in particular that did it for me was the testimonial from Kevin Robinson, age 43. Yeah, Kevin Robinson the pro BMX bike rider! I grew up watching this guy winning X-Games gold! (Important note: I didn’t see his testimonial till after I tested this product, so this didn’t influence my testing.)

A lot of the product reviews on Amazon.com are from fellow athletes (recreational and competitive), so it gives me hope this stuff will work for me, too!

How do you know they’re truly serious about sport?

It’s because Play Again Now participates in the Aegis Certified banned substance testing program. Aegis helps athletes by providing the fastest answer to the question: “Does this supplement contain known banned substances?”

Each manufactured lot of Play Again Now is analyzed by Aegis Sciences Corporation, and is certified to be free of more than 200 known banned substances – including steroids, beta-blockers, diuretics, narcotics, stimulants, and more.

play again now aegis certified badge

If they weren’t serious about competitive athletes, there would be no reason to spend the money to be part of this testing!

Real Life Testing and Experience

My testing and experience with Play Again Now began in May of 2016. I’ve used this since May (approximately four months), and I’ve gone through almost four bottles.

They actually sent me some product to test, but [spoiler alert!] I liked it so much that I’m now buying it myself.

The protocol

You take Play Again Now using a loading phase and a maintenance phase, like you may do with creatine.

The loading phase has you take 3 Tbsp per day for 2 weeks, then you take 1-2 Tbsp per day for maintenance. It’s that simple.

You can take it with or without food, at any time of the day.

The only tip I’ve read is that it may absorb best when your body is at rest. (I started taking it in the evenings when I’m winding down, so it can be active while I sleep.)

Is it practical?

I would say yes, yes it is.

Taste

The taste isn’t wonderful, like my favorite GU energy gels, but I enjoy it. And the berry flavor isn’t really that potent, so even if you don’t like it, it’s not a terrible experience.

Convenience

You are supposed to refrigerate this after opening, so it’s a little tricky if you’re traveling or camping or something. But on most days, it’s absolutely convenient.

To save time, I often squirt an estimated 1 Tbsp serving onto my tongue, right out of the bottle.

Pricing

The retail price is $50, and with shipping and tax, it’s about $61 per bottle. That seems a bit steep, but not outrageous.

I order a big thing from Amazon.com for just $40. (Then, free shipping with Amazon Prime!)

You’ll need one bottle for the two week loading phase, then one bottle per month afterward. That’s really not bad by any means (if it works, of course). Heck, I pay almost as much for my Good Belly liquid probiotics, because my digestive health is important, too.

play again now liquid

Testing it myself!

Every May, I get that “summer is here, let’s goooooo!!!” feeling.

This year, it wasn’t so easy. I was in rough shape. I was sore enough that I would be putting pain-relief creams on my joints (and lower back) before driving to work. I had past injuries flaring up which prevented me from doing certain exercises and yoga poses.

I needed a weekly massage and chiropractic adjustment, but that would cost me ~ $400 per month, so I decided to test this $40/month supplement!

I followed the recommended protocol and did a two-week loading phase of 3 Tbsp per day.

On day one, before I even consumed the product, I was complaining! Opening the bottle was a pain in the butt! The plastic wrapped around the lid was making me very angry. There is no easy option, no perforated tear-off strip. I had to use scissors to make any progress.

My other complaint is that one of the bottles they sent me had a cracked cover over the cap, but that’s not really their fault. It happens all the time with shipping companies and doesn’t affect the product.

Anyway…

After a couple days, I started easing into some workouts, like bodyweight workouts and short bike rides.

After only 4-5 days, I was waking up feeling great! That was quite the change from waking up and wondering if I’d have enough Salonpas left to keep my soreness down!

I was super impressed!

And super surprised; I had no expectation it would work this well or this quickly!

On day #8, I did two hours of hard paddling in the evening (in my Old Town Vapor 10, not the quickest kayak). The next day, I felt wonderful! My core was a tad sore, but all in all, I was doing great. No joint issues!

The day after my first paddle since October (~ 7 months prior) and I feel this good?! No way!

About two weeks in, upon finishing the loading phase, I spent about 3 hours at the rock climbing gym. I used to do that often, but like kayaking, it had been months since I was climbing regularly!

The next day, my abs were a bit sore, but otherwise I was fine! Man, it’s nice to do a workout and the next day your muscles are sore, rather than your joints!!

Upon finishing my first bottle of Play Again Now, from my notes: “I feel like a million bucks!!”

During the maintenance phase, I was able to ease into some high-impact activities like running and weight lifting, and still recover!

A week later, I made the realization that I could FINALLY do the butterfly stretch, for the first time since injuring my knee in February!

Yes!!!!!!!!!!

Play Again Now: My Results

My results, as you’re probably aware from reading my test notes, have been nothing short of amazing!

After completing the two-week loading phase, and another couple months of maintenance, these are my results:

  • I’m SUPER happy with how this has helped me.
  • I have no doubt that it worked.
  • I haven’t done yoga or made it to the chiropractor, but I feel like I have been going regularly!
  • It put me in position to WANT to workout AND TO BE ABLE TO.
  • Play Again Now gets my utmost recommendation for anyone with joint pain!

It would be great if this stuff was a cure and you only needed one bottle, but hey, that’s life. I don’t mind paying $40/month and sipping some of this each evening, when I’m getting results like that!

My final verdict is…

Obviously I can’t make any guarantees, and I have no idea if this will work for you. But it worked marvelously for me, so if you have any joint issues (wear and tear, arthritis, past injuries, etc.) that are affecting your life, I highly recommend getting a bottle of Play Again Now recovery drink!

I bet you’ll be ordering more two weeks later!

Official website: www.PlayAgainNow.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com

Product Review Details
Company: Play Again Now
Product: Play Again Now Recovery Drink
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.8 out of 5
Date last updated: 2016-08-29
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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